Agriculture as a business is gaining momentum in Zambia which has led to the increase in agribusiness investors. The growth has been spurred by calls for economic diversification. Following this increase BongoHive and AgriProFocus are conducting the first ever Agribusiness Bootcamp.
The boot camp whose application deadline is 2nd February, 2018 expects to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem that promotes agribusiness entrepreneurship and innovation.
Agribusiness in Zambia has been growing evidently from the number of entrepreneurs who apply in local funding competitions such as the Nyamuka Zambia Business Plan Competition. Local businesses from agro processing to e-commerce and value chain among others have been on the increase.
According to the Bootcamp website the aim of the event is to create an environment where entrepreneurs can, “learn on business development strategies, engage with investors, buyers and other stakeholders to facilitate connections and growth for your business.”
The Bootcamp has four processes with the first one already underway.
- Applications which can be done from either the Bootcamp Facebook page or the website. The application deadline is on 2nd February.
- Speed dating which will be for the 50 shortlisted candidates.
- Bootcamp involving 30 of the shortlisted candidates from the speed dating.
- Lastly the pitching which will see the 10 candidates awarded the prizes to support their business growth.
Remember only entrepreneurs registered with the Patent and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) and are not less than a year old (1 Year) or above 3 years qualify.
For more information visit the Bootcamp website and get started.
So if you haven’t yet applied, what are you waiting for?
The Zambia Agribusiness Bootcamp, conducted by BongoHive and AgriProFocus is sponsored by the World Bank Group and InfoDev, and run in Conjuction with the Zambian Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry (MCTI) under the Zambian Agribusiness Trade Project (ZATP).